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The Yale-Tulane ESF #8 Program is a multi-disciplinary, multi-center, graduate-level, program designed to produce ESF #8 planners and responders with standardized skill sets that are consistent with …

The Yale-Tulane ESF #8 Program is a multi-disciplinary, multi-center, graduate-level, program designed to produce ESF #8 planners and responders with standardized skill sets that are consistent with evolving public policy, technologies, and best practices. The group that produced this summary and analysis of the current situation are graduate students from Yale and Tulane Universities. It was compiled entirely from open source materials. Please feel free to forward the report to anyone who might be interested.

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  • 1. YALE/TULANE ESF-8 PLANNING AND RESPONSE PROGRAM SPECIAL REPORT STATE LINKS HURRICANE SANDY FEDERAL LINKS Connecticut FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CT Department of Emergency Services and Public BACKGROUND Protection FEMA Twitter | Facebook CURRENT SITUATION Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Blog Hurricane Sandy Preparations FEDERAL ACTIVITIES Ready. Gov New Jersey New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Twitter | Facebook | DOD HHS Public Health Emergency – ASPR HHS Twitter | Facebook New York State New York State Division of Homeland Security and CDC Emergency Services RED CROSS Twitter | Facebook Twitter| Facebook | You Tube NWS Office NYC NEW JERSEY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Hurricane Sandy News and Information National Weather Service NEW YORK National Hurricane Center New York City New York City Office of Emergency Preparedness NEW YORK CITY NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC Twitter| Facebook | You Tube ADMINISTRATION NWS Office NYC CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING NOAA All Hazard Watch NOAA Environmental Visual Laboratory DISEASE TRANSMISSION DOD NORTHCOM Twitter | Facebook ARMY NORTH Twitter | FacebookCOMMIT TO A DAY OF ACTION U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGYTo support our neighborhoods and communities in New ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCYYork City that have been significantly affected byHurricane Sandy, the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEYGlobal Initiative are taking action to help with reliefefforts. On Sunday, November 18, we will bring peopleand organizations together to join us for a day ofvolunteering in a community – one where many of ouremployees, partners, and friends live and work – that isstill picking up the pieces. President Clinton and Chelsea AS OF 11:00 AM ESTClinton, at a Day of Action for New York. THE FOCUS OF THIS REPORT WILL BE PRIMARILY ON NY AND NJ 16 NOV 2012
  • 2. BACKGROUNDOVERVIEW: Hurricane Sandy was a late-season US LANDFALL NOR’EASTER: Immediately after Sandy madetropical cyclone that first affected Jamaica, Cuba, Just before 8 a.m. EDT, on October 29, Sandy turned to the north- landfall, forecasters were already discussing theThe Bahamas, Haiti and Florida before slamming into northwest and started to make its expected approach towards possibility of a noreaster directly impacting thethe U.S. East Coast and Canada. In diameter, it was the U.S. coast. At 7 p.m. EDT that evening, Sandy was declared a North East during the following week. Inthe largest Atlantic hurricane on record, with winds post-tropical cyclone, while still maintaining Category 1 strength. preparation for the storm, some residents ofspanning 1,100 miles (1,800 km) Sandy made its final landfall 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Atlantic the states coastal areas were evacuated once City, New Jersey at about 8 p.m. EDT on October 29 . again due to the threat of high winds, flooding,TROPICAL DEVELOPMENT: The eighteenth tropical and storm surge of up to three feet; . Thecyclone and tenth hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic storm hit New Jersey, New York, Connecticuthurricane season, Sandy developed from an and New England on November 7, a little moreelongated tropical wave in the western Caribbean than a week after Sandys landfall bringingSea on October 22. It quickly strengthened after snow, freezing temperatures, downing treesbecoming a tropical depression and was upgraded to and power lines.a tropical storm six hours later. On October 24,Sandy was upgraded to a hurricane. The stormmade landfall on Cuba during the early morning ofOctober 25 as a Category 2 hurricane. During thelate evening of October 25, Sandy weakened toCategory 1 strength; in the early hours of October26, it headed north through the Bahamas and northalong the U.S. East Coast. Sandy showed somecharacteristics of both tropical and extratropicalcyclones on October 26 and briefly weakened to atropical storm in the early morning hours of October27, then strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane U.S. IMPACT: Sandy impacted 14 states along the U.S. East Coast, RESPONSE: Sandy caused billions in damage.later that morning. from Florida to New England, stretching tropical storm force The widespread destruction has resulted in winds far inland, causing major flooding in coastal communities the largest relief effort since Hurricane FATALITIES BY COUNTRY and New York City, exacerbating mountain snows in the Mid Katrina. Local, tribal, state and federal assets Atlantic Appalachian region, especially in West Virginia, halting have been mobilized to meet the needs. mass transit and cutting power to more than 7 million homes and businesses, and causing at least $50 billion in estimated damages across the East Coast, Mid Atlantic and Appalachian regions.
  • 3. CURRENT SITUATION ENEREGY ASSITANCE As of 3 p.m., 12 NOV , more than 382,000 individuals in New Jersey, New YorkPOWER OUTAGES: As of 9:00 am EST November 16, there are 2,129 customers and Connecticut have registered for assistance. More than $499 million has beenwithout power in the State of New York. approved in FEMA housing and other needs assistance and the SBA has issued 262,668 disaster loan applications to residents and businesses. Survivors in declared counties in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut can register for assistance. Learn more: information and FAQs before you apply for assistance. PUBLIC WORKS AND ENGINEERING DEBRIS: USACE is augmenting state and local efforts to remove and dispose of debris DOE SITREP – 16 NOV 2012 in New York. 76 dump trucks and 220 long-haul trucks are in operation for debrisFUEL RATIONING: removal, and 18 barges have been identified for long haul to Albany, New York.On 13 NOV 2012, New Jersey stopped the rationing of motor fuel purchases 77,237 cubic yards of debris have been removed at this time.based on the last number of the license plate. TEMPORARY POWER: USACE is currently working to provide temporary emergencyTemporary fuel rationing measures continue into November 18 for New York power to 13 identified public housing sites in New York City. 198 generatorCity and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. (NYC.GOV) installations at critical facilities have been completed in New York (97) and New Jersey (101).In New York, about 89% (up from 54%) of stations have gas available, 4%(down from 38%) of stations have low/uncertain inventories, and about 7% DE-WATERING: Pumping is complete at all 14 tunnels in New York. During this(down from 8%) of stations do not have gas available. (Google Crisis Center, unwatering effort, USACE provided teams and equipment to operate 162 pumps and4:00 p.m., 15 NOV 2012) removed over 275 million gallons of water. SHELTERS AND WARMING CENTERS MEDICAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH NEW YORK: 7 DMATs, 1 Public Health Service (PHS) Rapid Deployment Force (RDF), 1 Mental Health Team (MHT), 1 Federal Medical Station (FMS), 1 National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT), and 1 Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT) are engaged. 2 DMATs, 1 MHT, and 1 PHS RDF have been demobilized. (NRCC -15 NOV) NEW JERSEY: All assets have been demobilized AMBULANCES: Of 240 ambulances/EMS units supplied to New York City through the National Ambulance Contract to support EMS operations in New York, 100 have begun demobilization as of November 15. NRCC SENIOR LEADERSHIP BRIEF – 15 NOV 2012
  • 4. CURRENT SITUATION LOGISTICS OIL AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESPONSE 27 points of distribution (PODs) are open in New York: 3 in Brooklyn, 16 in Nassau • In New York, hazardous household waste (HHW) collection County, 6 in Queens, and 2 in Staten Island. and transfer in Nassau and Suffolk Counties are ongoing, but activities have concluded at Fresh Kills #1 and Father RED CROSS Capadanno.Approximately 5,760 American Red Cross (ARC) workers are deployed from all 50states with the majority working in New York and New Jersey. To date, there have • Crews are moving to Cedar Grove in Staten Island tobeen 8,824 ARC disaster responders assigned to Hurricane Sandy operations (90% commence household hazardous waste segregationvolunteer). activities. The cumulative total of hazardous wasteApproximately 5,828,277 meals and snacks have been served and 1,885,635 containers is 14,578, with the majority in New York.aggregate relief items, such as hygiene kits, have been distributed. Red Crossvolunteers are also driving through neighborhoods to hand out water, food, and • EPA continues to meet with officials regarding therelief supplies. movement of sand deposited in residential communities in ANIMAL SHELTERS the Rockaways, New York to the Mariner’s Marsh Park asPet Shelters: There are 10 open pet shelters in New York (354 occupants) and 3 part of an ongoing Brownfields project.open pet shelters in New Jersey (258 occupants) as of November 14. (NRCC SENIORLEADERSHIP BRIEF – 15 NOV 2012) • EPA continues work at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) to restore the plant to full operations. Ten primary clarifiers are expected to be operational by November 15, pending the installation of motor control centers. 7 secondary clarifiers and all 12 oxygen tanks are now operating. NRCC SENIOR LEADERSHIP BRIEF – 15 NOV 2012NRCC SENIOR LEADERSHIP BRIEF – 15 NOV 2012
  • 5. FEDERAL ACTIVITIESFEMA FEMATwitter | Facebook | YouTube | Blog THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION More than 7,700 FEMA personnel have been deployed (SBA) SBA has an electronic loan application (ELA)• SEEKING ASSISTANCE: call1-800-462-7585 to support response operations, including search and for homeowners, renters and businesses to apply rescue, situational awareness, communications and• SHELTERS: for those who are unable to for a disaster loan for Hurricane Sandy damages. logistical support in states affected by the storm. return home, states, tribes, localities and ELA provides a convenient alternative to visiting a Community relations teams are on the ground in the the Red Cross continue to operate Disaster Recovery Center or mailing in a paper emergency shelters along the East Coast. hardest hit areas going door-to-door to inform disaster loan application. The online program checks for Download the Red Cross Hurricane app, survivors about available services and resources and to errors, prompts for more information when visit the Red Cross web site, call 1-800- gather situational awareness. needed and provides a quicker decision than the RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check hand-written applications. Visit local media outlets. Download the FEMA FEMA continues to coordinate with the federal family smartphone app. To search for shelters https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela to apply online. who has mobilized hundreds of staff from various federal via text message, text: SHELTER and your agencies to support community relations and operational zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). For example: The SBA also offers Economic Injury Disaster activities. More than 2,040 housing inspectors are on the Shelter 01234 (Standard rates apply). Loans to small businesses, small agricultural ground, meeting with disaster survivors to identify cooperatives, small businesses engaged in• FEMA Housing Portal: Individuals and damages to homes, to further expedite assistance to aquaculture, and most private non-profit families who have been displaced by the individuals; and more than 90,000 damage inspections organizations, to help meet working capital needs disaster can use the FEMA Housing have already been completed in New Jersey, New York caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Portal to help find a place to live. and Connecticut. Loan assistance is available regardless of whether• Recovery Tips: ensuring your the business suffered any physical property U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) safety and coping with disasters damage. through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety• DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS: A Disaster Administration (FMCSA) established a 24-hour hotline at SBA continues to operate several Business Recovery Center is a readily accessible 1-800-832-5660 to address questions of motor carrier Recovery Centers in New York and New Jersey. In facility or mobile office where applicants drivers and operators providing direct emergency relief may go for information about FEMA or addition to SBA staff in each Disaster Recovery related to Hurricane Sandy on individual registration, other disaster assistance programs, Center, SBA continues to open and staff Business certification, tax, or other barriers to the flow of fuel Currently, a total of 40 Disaster Recovery Recovery Centers in New York, New Jersey and transportation to affected states. The DOT’s Federal Centers are open in New York, New Jersey Connecticut For more information, call the SBA Transit Administration (FTA) continues to work with and Connecticut. Search for a Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800- FEMA and the U.S. General Services Administration Recovery Center - To search for a Disaster 877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or go Recovery Center via text message, text: (GSA) to secure buses which are being used in New to www.sba.gov. DRC and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). Jersey to help commuters connect to or reach For example: DRC 01234 (Standard rates Manhattan and the surrounding area. The buses will apply). supplement NJ Transit commuter rail and PATH rail lines where service is not yet restored.
  • 6. FEDERAL ACTIVITIES TREASURY DEPARTMENT AND THE INTERNAL REVENUE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURES (USDAS)U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY: SitRep SERVICE (IRS) announced special relief intended to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) hasNovember 7 a Nor’easter impacted the Mid- support leave-based donation programs to aid survivors distributed an initial $5.3 million to 11 statesAtlantic and Northeast with strong winds, rain or who have suffered from the extraordinary destruction affected by Hurricane Sandy. NRCS provides thissnow, and coastal flooding. People withoutpower: 8,661,527 caused by Hurricane Sandy. Under these programs, funding through its Emergency Watershed ProtectionPetroleum Stations lists and closures or call 202- employees may donate their vacation, sick or personal (EWP) program.586-7517, William N. Bryan leave in exchange for employer cash payments made to qualified tax-exempt organizations providing relief for CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITYENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Call 1- the survivors of Hurricane Sandy. Also, the Treasury SERVICE (CNCS) has more than 1000 national service800-424-8802. NEW YORK: EPA has assessed 3 Department and the IRS announced an expedited members who have been deployed to sevendrinking water facilities and 7 wastewater review and approval process will be offered for states. AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members intreatment plants. Hurricane Proof plan. NEW organizations seeking tax-exempt status in order to Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York,JERSEY: EPA has assessed 14 drinking water provide relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy. efforts. Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia arefacilities and 11 wastewater treatment plants. assisting with shelter operations, call centers, debrisAll 105 of the short-term, removal sites have DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) in response to a removal, and mass care. More than 430 members ofbeen assessed and do not pose an immediate request from the State of Connecticut, DOE will loan an FEMA Corps, an innovative partnership betweenthreat to public health or the environment. additional 4.2 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel FEMA and AmeriCorps, are working directly with fuel from the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve to disaster survivors in New York and New Jersey.THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONS the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), to provideFEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION as secured emergency loans to fuel distributors in Connecticut toas many as 350 buses which will be used across USDAS FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE (FNS) is address fuel shortages in the state. This is a allowing flexibility to New York City Public SchoolNew Jersey to help commuters connect to or continuation of the agreement announced a week ago District to serve all meals free through the Nationalreach Manhattan and the surrounding area. 1- when President Obama declared that Hurricane Sandy School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program800-877-8339, or DOT Customer Service has created a severe energy supply interruption. The for the month of November. FNS has also approvedCenter: 202-366-4000 fuel will then be provided to fuel distributors in the New Jerseys request to allow SupplementalU.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, U.S. state and will be repaid in the next 30 days by the Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP- formerly FoodGEOLOGICAL SURVEY The USGS has released a distributors directly. DOE and DLA stand ready to make Stamps) recipients that reside in designated areas toseries of aerial photographs showing before-and- available additional fuel as needed. be allowed to purchase hot foods and hot foodafter images of Hurricane Sandy’s impacts on the products with SNAP benefits through the end of theAtlantic Pre- and post-storm images of the New UNITED STATE POSTAL SERVICE (USPS) wants to month.Jersey and New York shoreline in particular tell a remind customers who have evacuated or relocatedstory of a coastal landscape that was due to hurricane Sandy to submit a change of address,considerably altered by the historic storm. place mail on hold or request that mail be temporarily forwarded to their new location. For the latest service updates regarding hurricane Sandy, call 1-800-ASK- USPS ( 1-800-275-8777). :
  • 7. FEDERAL ACTIVITIES OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH The Departments Occupational Safety and Health FLOOD CLEANUP ELECTRICAL HAZARDS TREE TRIMMING AND Administration (OSHA) is making available technical HAZARDS DOWNED ELECTRICAL DEBRIS REMOVAL assistance and resources to help protect those WIRES AERIAL LIFTS Flood Cleanup QuickCard [PDF*] [Español*] participating in cleanup and recovery efforts. Fact Sheet [PDF*] Fact Sheet [PDF*] Learn how to keep workers safe during clean up and Fact Sheet [PDF*] Electrical Safety recovery operations following hurricanes Molds and Fungi CHAIN SAW SAFETY Mold QuickCard [PDF*] QuickCard [PDF*] QuickCard [PDF*] [Español*] OSHA field staff is working diligently to provide assistance [Español*] [Español*] [Portuguese*] and support to those involved in the Hurricane Sandy [Vietnamese*] Fact Sheet [PDF*] [Español*] cleanup and recovery. Common hazards include downed [Portuguese*] Working Safely with More... electrical wires, carbon monoxide and electrical hazards Electricity Mold Fact Sheet [PDF*] CHIPPER MACHINE SAFETYU.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR from portable generators, fall and "struck-by" hazards from tree trimming or working at heights, being caught in Fact Sheet [PDF*] QuickCard [PDF*] [Español*]The U.S. Department of Labor is Fungi Hazards Fact unprotected excavations or confined spaces, burns, [Español*] [Portuguese*]assisting in the recovery efforts Sheet [PDF*]in communities affected by this lacerations, musculoskeletal injuries, being struck by [Español*] traffic or heavy equipment, and encountering TREE TRIMMING ANDseasons hurricanes. The More... REMOVAL SAFETYDepartment of Labor support contaminated water during flood cleanup. QuickCard [PDF*] [Español*]includes the following income [Vietnamese*] [Portuguese*]and job assistance: DOLs Protective measures involve evaluating the work area for Fact Sheet [PDF*] [Español*]National Contact Center 1-866-4- all hazards; assuming all power lines are live; followingUSA-DOL (1-866-487-2365) safe practices when doing tree work; using fall protection FALLS Portable Generators WORK ZONE TRAFFIC and proper ladder safety when working at heights; task Portable Generator SAFETY specific exposure monitoring; and utilizing proper AERIAL LIFTS Safety QuickCard [PDF*] [Español*] precautions for traffic work zones. For additional QuickCard [PDF*] Fact Sheet [PDF*] information on US Department of Labor recovery efforts [Español*] QuickCard [PDF*] Fact Sheet [PDF*] [Español*] in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, see DOLs Fact Sheet [PDF*] Hurricane Recovery Assistance page. PREVENTING FALLS Grounding Portable Fact Sheet [PDF*] Generators If you need to contact OSHA for an emergency situation, [Español*] [Portuguese*] Fact Sheet [PDF*] please call the toll-free hotline Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 1-800-321-OSHA. PORTABLE LADDERS QuickCard [PDF*] For non-urgent matters, you can call the OSHA hotline QuickCard [PDF*] [Español*] Slips, Trips, and Falls or send an email. OSHA urges workers and members of the public engaged in cleanup and recovery activities to be aware of the hazards they might encounter and the necessary steps they should take to protect themselves.
  • 8. DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY (DLA)The Joint Logistics Operations Center (JLOC ) is Defense LogisticsAgency’s (DLA) focal point for gathering and analyzing information FEMA’s requests, coupled with DLA’s ability to deliverinvolving the agency’s operations from within and outside of the supplies and USACE’s engineering expertise, led toagency. The center typically runs in two eight-hour shifts, with a full apartment buildings getting power back in the Breezystaff ready to respond to requests between 4 a.m. and 8 p.m. with a Point neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., a borough wherestaff duty officer able to respond between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. As the power outages still remain a challenge.storm approached the Northeast, the JLOC added a third shift andwent to 24-hour operations.The extra personnel came from other entities within DLAHeadquarters, including civilians, active-duty service members andreservists. Other personnel took on roles as liaison officers at criticalpartners in the relief effort.Liaison Officers were sent to work with other federal governmentagencies providing relief for Sandy as well as state governments.As of Nov. 13, the JLOC had helped coordinate the delivery of morethan 6.2 million meals, 48 pallets of bottled water, 7.8 milliongallons of fuel, 107 water pumps, 51 generators, 500 sets of cold-weather clothing, 172,000 blankets, 4,000 cots, 200 hypothermia-prevention kits and six portable X-ray machines to affected areas.Contracting for generators to ease the burden of power outages andpumps to aid in drying out soaked buildings and infrastructure were Sgt. Rockieve Givian (top right), petroleum specialist, Company E, 310 Task Forcetwo challenges unique to this storm. The agency positioned Phoenix, Fort Drum, N.Y, fills his fuel truck at the fueling point, Nov. 8, Fort Dix, N.J.generators and high-capacity pumps at Joint Base McGuire-Dix- Soldiers are working along Federal Emergency Management Agency contractors who bring fuel from other parts of the nation in support of Hurricane Sandy. The fuel isLakehurst, N.J., to augment and support the U.S. Army Corps of later distributed at coordinated points in New Jersey and New York. (photo by: Sgt.Engineers in meeting those needs. The agency has also helped Ferdinand Detres Jr, 10th Press Camp Headquarters, Fort Bragg, N.C.)USACE in contracting out the removal of more than 30 millionpounds of trash and debris OPERATIONS CENTER FACILITATES, COORDINATES DLA SUPPORT TO SANDY RELIEF
  • 9. NAVY/MARINE FORCES • The three amphibious ships supporting Hurricane Sandy relief A number of Navy personnel remain deployed to the affected efforts off the coast of New York and New Jersey returned to their region to provide support. Those shore-based forces include some homeports in Virginia, on Nov. 12. that originally deployed aboard the amphibious ships: • Marines from the 26th MEU also returned to Camp Lejeune, • Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) forces are N.C. on Nov. 12. operating out of Craven Point and Rockaway N.J., and Breezy Point, N.Y. These forces include Seabees from Navy Mobile • Operations in support of relief have shifted into the recovery Construction Battalion 5 (NMCB-5); phase. FEMA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are fully operational and providing sustained assistance as requested by • Mobile Diving & Salvage Unit 2 (MDSU-2); and state and local authorities. • The commander of NECC, Rear Adm. Michael P. Tillotson, • Navy and Marine Corps forces aboard the ships systematically continues to serve as the Deputy Commander of the Joint transitioned the services they were providing to FEMA and the Coordination Element (JCE). The JCE remains in place to USACE as a way to maintain continuity during long long-term coordinate Defense Department support for relief operations. disaster response. • Sailors from all three ships, and Marines embarked from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), provided support throughout the affected region. They assisted with repair of the Hoboken Ferry Terminal and the Sandy Hook Coast Guard Station; emergency clearance and restoration efforts in Staten Island, N.Y., and New Jerseys Barrier Islands; dewatering efforts at Rockaway Beach, N.Y., Staten Island, Ellis Island, and at locations in the vicinity of the World Trade Center Memorial. • The ships also served as a landing platform for U.S. Coast Guard assets conducting search and rescue operations.US NAVY - NNS121112-01- Release Date: 11/12/2012 1:25:00 PM
  • 10. US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS • USACE has established Recovery Field Offices in New York and New• USACE has more than 3,000 employees from the North Atlantic Jersey. The NJ RFO is co-located with the FEMA Joint Field Office, Division with an additional 990 team members deployed from other USACE divisions across the Nation engaged to support the response and the NY RFO is 7 miles from FEMA JFO. mission. USACE currently has 68 FEMA Mission Assignments • USACE assigned a liaison to the Department of Energy and to the exceeding a total of $254 million. National Guard Bureau to coordinate any combined response actions.• The USACE Water Delivery Mission is complete. • USACE temporary housing advisors are on scene in New York and• De-watering - With local authorities USACE concentrated pumping New Jersey working to assist with the evaluation of temporary efforts at 14 critical locations as determined by local housing requirements. officials. Pumping is complete at all 14 locations. • Work continues at Manasquan Inlet restoration near Mantoloking,• USACE debris teams are in ports, waterways and coastal areas in NJ New Jersey. and NY clearing debris along the Atlantic seaboard. 35 debris teams are assisting local NY and NJ authorities.• 76 dump trucks are in operation for debris removal along with 220 Task Force Neighbor 1st Lt. Andrea Gongaware, 554th long haul trucks in operation; 34,835 cubic yards of debris have Engineer Battalion, speaks been removed. 16 barges have been identified for debris removal with local officials Nov. 8 in operations. Highlands, N.J., as a member of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic• Planning response teams also are assisting with debris Division local government management, infrastructure assessment, temporary roofing, critical liaison team. The team sends information back to public facilities, and temporary housing. the USACE Emergency Operations Center where• USACE is supporting States’ and FEMA Regions I, II and III operations personnel work with FEMA, local and state officials and centers to organize response efforts. More than 25 team leaders or agencies and military assistant team leaders have been alerted and/or deployed to partners to begin the provide public works and engineering expertise to include damage recovery process. modeling, storm surge modeling, and coastal preparations.USACE – 14 NOV 2012
  • 11. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESHEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE (HHS) MENTAL HEALTH Approximately 840 HHS personnel remain Public Health Emergency – ASPR These teams include behavioral health professionals fromTwitter | Facebook deployed to provide public health and medical assistance. the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps deployed• HHS has more than 1,200 personnel in to provide mental health support in shelters and for first New York and New Jersey, providing – NEW YORK: 7 DMATs, 1 Public Health public health and medical assistance. responders. Residents also can connect with local crisis Service (PHS) Rapid Deployment Force (RDF),• A Disaster Distress Help Line has been counselors through the National Disaster Distress Helpline. 1 Mental Health Team (MHT), 1 Federal established with counselors to provide This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available support and referrals to mental help Medical Station (FMS), 1 National Veterinary 24/7 via telephone ( 1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text resources: Call 1-800-985-5990 or SMS Response Team (NVRT), and 1 Incident (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746) Response Coordination Team (IRCT) are ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746). engaged. 2 DMATs, 1 MHT, and 1 PHS RDFCENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROLTwitter | Facebook have been demobilized. (NRCC SENIOR ESAR-VHP AND MRC LEADERSHIP BRIEF – 15 NOV 2012 )• Text “SANDY” to 87000 for Sandy Storm In addition to requesting HHS medical team support, New Health Updates• CASPER: Community Assessment for York and New Jersey health departments have called on more – NEW JERSEY: All assets have been than 615 medical volunteers available through two HHS Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) Toolkit demobilized. (NRCC SENIOR LEADERSHIP BRIEF sponsored programs: each state’s Emergency System for• CDC house proof vs hurricane – 15 NOV 2012 ) Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR- VHP) and local Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). ESAR-VHP andNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONALSAFETY AND HEALTH (NIOSH) DISASTER MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TEAMS MRC are fully integrated programs in New York and NewHurricane Sandy - Common Hazards: As hospitals, nursing homes and other Jersey. These volunteers are assisting in shelters, includingPlease be extra vigilant for hazards likely to healthcare facilities return to service, HHS teams general, American Red Cross, and special medical needsappear during the Hurricane Sandy response, shelters; emergency departments; special needs registries,including: exposures while cleaning up flood return to their home states. Nine Disasterwater and mold, carbon monoxide Medical Assistance Teams from the National and call centers.exposures, working in cold weather. Disaster Medical System with caches of medical supplies and two teams of U.S. Public Health Service commissioned corps officers remain deployed to New York in medical shelters and augment hospital staff the states’ and city’s request. DMAT TX-1 helps augment emergency room services at the Nassau University Medical Center following Hurricane Sandy.
  • 12. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESFOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION: NATIONAL VETERINARY RESPONSE TEAM• How to keep food and water clean HHS has deployed a National Veterinary Response and safe Team of nine veterinarians and veterinary technicians• Immediate assistance with water and to provide primary and acute care for pets in the hard food 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463- hit area New York City known as Far Rockaway and at 6332). The FDA reminds consumers a large pet shelter in the New York City area. The vet to take precautions for storing water team members will work from a mobile vet clinic in and ensuring the safety of their food Far Rockaway as local veterinary practices repair their and medical supplies for themselves, offices and become available again in the community. their families, and their pets during The large pet shelter will be managed by the ASPCA, and after any hurricane-related rain, representing one of the first times HHS has partnered possible flooding and power outages. with a non-profit organization to provide pet care after a disaster. Members of the HHS vet team came• For food and drug safety messaging, visit the Food and Drug from as far as Alaska and Florida to support the New Administration hurricane safety York City community. checklist, available in English and Spanish EMERGENCY PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Pu (EPAP) blicHealthFocus/ucm317232.htm. HHS activated the Emergency Prescription Assistance• Medical Devices - If you have a "life- Program (EPAP) to assist people in the impacted areas supporting" or "life-sustaining" without any form of health insurance coverage to device that depends on electricity, replace certain prescription medications and limited you should contact your healthcare durable medical equipment lost or damaged in the provider for information on how to hurricane. To learn about EPAP, maintain function in the event of a visit www.phe.gov/epap. loss of power. Keep your device and supplies clean and dry. If possible, ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES notify your local Public Health A team of specialists from the Administration for Authority to request evacuation prior Children and Families continues to support child care, to adverse weather events. For more information, see FDA Offers Tips foster care, and Head Start recovery efforts in New about Medical Devices and Hurricane York and New Jersey, and the U.S. Food and Drug Disasters Administration personnel are available to assist the states of New York and New Jersey in assessing FDA- regulated industries
  • 13. AMERICAN RED CROSS American Red Cross outreach operations continue to provide disaster relief services and items across Long Island, Staten Island, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Far Rockaway’s in New York and Hoboken, New Jersey. There are currently 5,770 Red Cross disaster responders supporting operations in the affected States. To find a shelter, people can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the Red Cross web site, call 1-800-RED CROSS ( 1-800-733-2767), or check local media outlets. T he American Red Cross continues to provide food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to the many people in the Greater New York Region still struggling even as power is restored and some communities begin to recover. SHELTERS: Remain open for people unable to return home, and Tuesday night, 13 NOV 2012, about 2,700 people stayed in 20 shelters. FEEDING: The extensive Red Cross feeding operation in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention continues, with kitchens and fixed feeding sites spread across New York and New Jersey. To date, 5.6 million meals and snacks have been served. list of Red Cross feeding sites currently open in NYC and on Long Island See Link RED CROSS EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLES: Red Cross volunteers are also driving through neighborhoods to hand out water, food and relief supplies in more than 300 Red Cross feeding trucks mobilized as well as rental cars, trucks and other vehicles. Visit Link for more information. If you are seeking relief as a result of Hurricane Sandy, please go to a service location or shelter. If there’s not one near you, find an Emergency Response Vehicle on the ground providing urgently needed meals, water and comfort kits.http://www.nyredcross.org/?nd=news_room&jid=63888/
  • 14. FEMA RUMOR CONTROL There is a lot of misinformation circulating on social networks regarding the response and recovery effort for Hurricane Sandy. Rumors spread fast: please share this page and help us provide accurate information about the types of assistance available. TRUE FALSECalling 1-800-621-FEMA Due to the large volume of calls, individuals trying toregister with FEMA may experience long wait times. For individuals with internet X Cash Cards -- There are message boards and traffic on social media sitesaccess, you can register with FEMA for disaster assistance by visiting related to FEMA and/or the American Red Cross distributing cash cards towww.disasterassistance.gov or http://m.fema.gov on your mobile phone. individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy. This is FALSEIf you are a survivor in a declared county and have losses other than food, X Food stamps are being given out to residents of New York and New Jersey asincluding damage to your home, personal property, or vehicle, you can apply for a part of FEMA assistance. This is FALSE.assistance. FEMAs Individuals and Households Program does not provide food assistanceIf you are seeking additional information about Red Cross assistance, call 1-800- or a $300 food voucher. If you have an emergency need for food, please callRED-CROSS or visit www.redcross.org. 211. If you reside in the NYC area, you may find information about food distribution locations by visiting www.nyc.gov.A Disaster Recovery Center or DRC is a place where individuals seekinginformation about disaster assistance can speak face-to-face with FEMA personnel to X There are reports that FEMA is paying $1,000 to go to New York and Newask questions. Please note, a Disaster Recovery Center is NOT a shelter and is NOT Jersey to clean up debris. This is FALSE.open 24/7. If you’re looking for a shelter, visit the Red Cross. X There was an inaccurate report on a radio station discussing a tent city forTo find your nearest DRC: On your computer visit here. On your phone, click here. sheltering at Monmouth Park race track in New Jersey. This is FALSE.Via text message: text DRC and your Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA) Smartphone appcan be found here. X There have been recent blog posts and social media traffic expressing that FEMA is out of bottled water. This is FALSE.For information on how to volunteer and assist with Hurricane Sandy recoveryefforts, visit Serve.gov/sandy X There have been calls and posts from citizens related to the failure of the Old Bridge Township water system in Old Bridge, New Jersey. This is FALSE.FEMA is providing water to state partners for distribution. For New York locationsand times of food and water distribution centers and daytime warming centers, visitwww.nyc.gov.
  • 15. NEW JERSEY New Jersey Office of Emergency Management WEATHER UPDATE Twitter Facebook FEMA Region 2 IMPACTThe State of Emergency for NJ is still in effect, with NJ ROIC and NJOEM currently atoperational Level 4. All 21 counties are still included for Public and IndividualAssistance in areas determined to have been adversely affected by the eventdeclared a major disaster by POTUS on October 30, 2012.DEATH TOLL: 28INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE: As of 6 p.m. EST Nov. 15, 29,367 applications have been SHELTERSapproved; Total Individual & Households Program: $149.9 million (approved); Total 5 SHELTERS OPEN THROUGHOUT THE STATEHousing Assistance: $140.2 million (approved); Total Other Needs Assistance: $9.6 • Shelter locations found heremillion (approved) See here for daily updates. • FEMA has activated its Transitional Sheltering SERVICES Assistance program, allowing eligible survivors in shelters that cannot return home due to• Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) Anyone affected by Hurricane Sandy can now hurricane damages to remain in hotels or motels visit four newly opened DRCs if they have questions about recovery programs. until more suitable housing accommodations are There are now 25 DRCs are open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice. made available. For locations and times, see here. Or text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA).• Rental Assistance – FEMA announced that the agency is increasing the amount of rental assistance that it may provide eligible disaster survivors in NJ and NY by an DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS additional 25%.• Available Rentals – Landlords throughout the state are opening available New Disaster Recovery Centers open in Essex, Hudson, Ocean and properties to Hurricane Sandy victims. See the NJ Housing Research Center. Salem Counties. Click here to see the exact location. DRCs location• DOE Hotline -- The Department of Education announced the launch of a hotline change frequently, click here for the most recent updates. for families displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Call 609-292-2070. M-F 8am-4pm to speak with a department staffer with any questions about the schooling options. A free legal hotline for storm victims has been launched by the New Jersey State Bar Association, ABA Young Lawyers Division and FEMA help residents who cannot afford to pay an attorney. To request free legal assistance call 888-541- 1900 from 9-5 (M-F). Messages can be left and calls will be returned the next day.• Public health experts are available through the states 2-1-1 system to answer questions about food and water safety and mold removal due to the affects of Hurricane Sandy. Call 2-1-1 24/7 or 1-866-234-0964 from 8am to 8pm on Click here for most current information on transit, power, fuel, and public health weekdays and 10am to 5pm on weekends. notices.• Pet Food Distributions available in four locations.
  • 16. NEW JERSEY TRANSIT UPDATE Ongoing Full Closures – 4: Monmouth: NJ 33 Westbound, West of NJ 18; Neptune Twp. All lanes closed; NJ 36 Both Directions, North of NJ 35, Eatontown all lanes closed Ocean: NJ 166 Both Directions, North of CR 530/CR 527/CR 549, Toms River Twp. All lanes closed; NJ 166 Southbound, North of US 9, Beachwood all lanes closed due to flooding NJ TRANSIT and infrastructure has been severely impacted by the Hurricane, and residents are encouraged to travel outside of morning and afternoon peak periods to avoid delays and crowding Transit will operate regular weekend rail service on the Atlantic City Line, Northeast Corridor and Raritan Valley Lines. The Main Line and Port Jervis Line will operate on a special schedule. For Updated Rail and Light Rail Service, click here Bus service is operating on 95% of NJ Transit bus routes. For Updated Bus and Access Link Service, click here For Emergency Shuttle Bus Service to Ferries/Manhattan, click here For a list of NJ TRANSIT bus routes that parallel NJ TRANSIT rail stations, click here For traffic updates and information on damaged roads click here GETTING HELP AND ADVICE ABOUT RECOVERYClick here for links on assistance for the following organizations:• NJOEM Public Assistance Program’s Page• FEMA Hurricane Sandy Recovery Page• Department of Health and Senior Services• Center for Disease Control on Safety Cleanup, Mold Issues and Protecting from Mold• DHS’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Office of Disaster and Terrorism• Tips for Flood Victims: How to Avoid Disaster Related Scams• NJ Department of Transportation• NJ 211
  • 17. NEW JERSEY - ENERGYNATURAL GAS DISTRIBUTION • Orange and Rockland (O&R), serving New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania reported November 11 that all of its customers• New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) reported November 12 that it has who were affected by Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter havesuccessfully reintroduced natural gas to portions of Sea Bright and been restored.Long Beach Island. The company completed initial service assessmentsto 67 percent of Manasquan, 87 percent of the Bayshore region, and • Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a FirstEnergy subsidiary,89 percent of the coastal region of Monmouth County. From Bay Head reported November 12 that crews are now addressing primarilyto Seaside, the company has completed their initial assessments which single-home issues.show the need for substantial infrastructure repair and replacement. • In the Barrier Islands and some of the shoreline communities• Due to the flooding from Sandy, the company shut off natural gas where the storm devastation is most severe, the companyservice to the barrier islands areas of Long Beach Island and Bay Head estimates that 30,000 customers cannot be restored. JCP&L isto Seaside Park on November 1. For detailed information on the working with State and local officials on developing andrestoration activities and timeline, go here. implementing a full restoration plan and timeline to connect these affected customers safely.ELECTRIC RESTORATION • Atlantic City Electric reported there are still approximately• The State of New Jersey released power restoration plans from 5,000 customers, who, because of extensive damage to theirPublic Service Electric and Gas, Jersey Central Power and Light, Atlantic homes, cannot accept electric service at this time. The utility willCity Electric, and Orange & Rockland. The restoration plans are restore electricity to those homes once it is safe to do so.updated daily and can be found in the “Information Sources” sectionhere.• Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) reported November 12 thatthey have restored power to virtually all customers affected by Sandyand the Nor’easter. PSE&G is also working to make permanent manytemporary repairs the company made during the restoration. Thecompany stated that due to the temporary repairs, their system maybe less reliable than usual for a period of time.DOE – Situation Report #9
  • 18. NEW JERSEYATLANTIC COUNTY: OCEAN COUNTY: http://www.co.ocean.nj.us/http://www.aclink.org/ Emergency Management: http://www.co.ocean.nj.us/EmMgmt/Main.aspxPublic Safety http://www.aclink.org/oep/ • Citizens enrolled in SNAP will receive an automatic 25% replacement benefit on their EBT cards to account for food lost due to power outagesA coastal flood advisory warning was issued for Nov. 15 in effectuntil noon 16 NOV. • Link to pantries & soup kitchens open in the county.Second FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opening Today in Hamilton • The Dept. of Banking and Insurance will have staff at a mobile officeTownship (15 NOV 2012) to provide information and handle consumer’s complaints onA second FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will be opening in Atlantic Thursday, Nov. 15 from 9am-5pm. Address: Berkeley TownshipCounty as of 2 PM November 15, behind the Hamilton Mall at 4403 Recreation Center, 630 Route 9, Bayville, NJ.Black Horse Pike (Rt. 322), Mays Landing, Hamilton Township. Anexisting DRC is located at the Atlantic ... Click here for more. • Ocean County Library branches are open providing free e-device charging stations and free WIFI access to the Internet Shelter open at St. Mary’s of the Pine Church.NJDOT announces lane closures on Route 30 to repair the Route30/Absecon Boulevard Bridge over Beach Thorofare in Atlantic City. • Clothing distribution available at Nai Israel Synagogue in Manahawkin and Your Grandmothers Cupboard in Roslyn Plaza.Citizens enrolled in SNAP will receive an automatic 25%replacement benefit on their EBT cards to account for food lost due • Ocean County YMCA open from 7am-5pm for showers, coffee andto power outages electronic charging Boil Water Advisory still in affect for (NJDEP): • Beach Haven Water Dept. • Fountainhead Parks – Jackson Township • Long Beach Township Water Dept. – Brant Beach and • Holgate, Long Beach Township • NJAW – Coastal North, Ortley beach and Pelican Island • Seaside Heights Water Dept.– Seaside Heights • Seaside Park Water Dept. – Seaside Park • Shore Water Company
  • 19. NEW JERSEYMONMOUTH COUNTY HUDSON COUNTYhttp://www.visitmonmouth.com/List of Municipal Emergency Management Offices Citizens enrolled in SNAP will receive an automatic 25% replacement benefit on their EBT cards toCURFEW REMAIN IN EIGHT COASTAL TOWNS SEE LINK account for food lost due to power outagesCommunities restricted during designated hours• In towns where the county curfew remains in effect, only Distribution sites for hot meals essential personnel may be outside and on the roads between designated hours. This includes emergency service personnel and those who are responsible for critical services within the county.• Curfews have been lifted in the communities of Allenhurst, Deal, Interlaken, Hazlet, Lake Como, Loch Arbour, Matawan, Neptune Township and Ocean Grove.Citizens enrolled in SNAP will receive an automatic 25% replacement benefiton their EBT cards to account for food lost due to power outagesLink to pantries & soup kitchens open in the countyNo shelters are open in the countyThe Dept. of Banking and Insurance will have staff at a mobile office toprovide information and handle consumer’s complaints on Thursday, Nov. 15from 9am-5pm. Address: West Park Recreation Center, 615 West ParkAvenue, Oakhurst, NJ 07755Red Bank on 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd. is offering a lunch break M-F 11am-1pm for hot meals, groceries, clothing, blankets, info and referral. Sheltersopen at Henry Hudson School, Monmouth Park Race Trach and ArthurBrisbane Child Treatment Center
  • 20. NEW YORK NY Division Homeland Security & Emergency Services Twitter / Facebook / FEMA Region 2 DIALYSIS: The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is advising renal patients in need of dialysis to first contact their dialysis facility to scheduleGov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency on 10/26/12 for all 62 counties in advance of treatment. If the facility is unable to deliver the needed dialysis treatment,Hurricane Sandy in anticipation of severe weather impacting New York. patients should call the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network Hotline at: 1- 800-238-ESRD (3773) to obtain information on outpatient dialysis facilities IMPACT that can provide needed treatment. This hotline is operational 24 hours/7 days a week during this recovery period. Patients are being urged to avoid• DEATH TOLL: 43 in New York State visiting an emergency department for dialysis since many emergency departments are at full capacity handling other storm-related health needs.• MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION: There are now 13 New York counties designated for both individual and public assistance under President FOOD ASSISTANCE: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced New York State Obama’s Federal Disaster Declaration for New York, including: Bronx, has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to replace food Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, lost by recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester. benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps, in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. Under this grant, current recipients of SNAP will be automatically issued 50 percent of monthly benefits to replace food lost as a result of the DRINKING WATER ADVISORIES FOLLOWING HURRICANE SANDY: (link) storm starting next week. The Governor also announced that SNAP recipients in these areas will be able to purchase hot and prepared foods with their As of Nov. 15, tap water is safe for drinking in all Hurricane Sandy benefits. See link for more details. affected areas with the exception of Breezy Point. In Breezy Point, the water is NOT drinkable, even after boiling. The City is providing Breezy Point residents with safe drinking water from portable water stations and from bottled water distribution sites.DO NOT DRINK:County PWS ID# System Name Water Do Not Drink Date RestrictionQueens NY7003493 Breezy Point Cooperative – Breezy Point In effect 11/2/2012 See FEMA’s NY and Rockaway Point neighborhoods only Hurricane Sandy website for more info.PHARMACIES THAT ARE OPEN AND DELIVERING: See Link 1 or Link 2
  • 21. NEW YORK ROCKLAND COUNTY: County Information NASSAU COUNTY: County Information• FUEL POLICY has been lifted. There are no longer restrictions on purchasing • WARMING CENTERS are open in several locations, both 24 hour and gasoline or diesel. restricted hour access. See link.• FEMA Disaster Recovery Center has opened as of November 10th. Open daily • RED CROSS FOOD DISTRIBUTION CENTERS and other service facilities are 8am-8pm. Located: available in several locations. Food centers are open from 11am-1pm and Provident Bank Park 4pm-6pm. See link. 2nd Floor Community Room 1 Provident Bank Park Drive • SHELTERS are located in the following locations: see link Pomona, NY 10970 Nassau County Community College Farmingdale High School• ROAD ACCESS: For closed and limited-access roads, see link. Glen Cove High School New Hyde Park High School• SHELTERS have all closed as displaced residents have found transitional housing. • FEMA POD LOCATIONS can be found here.• FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are open 9am-8pm daily at several • WATER CONSERVATION order is in effect as of October 31st. Residents locations. See link. living south of the Long Island Expressway (LIE) from the Queens border to the Meadowbrook Parkway, except for Cedarhurst and Lawrence, are being• RED CROSS FOOD DISTRIBUTION is available at Stony Point – Gravel parking asked to limit their water use. See press release for more information. lot, 2 Beach Road. • POWER OUTAGES are still reported for 4,104 residents in non-flooded areas and 6,500 in areas that flooded. Lined up and waiting for • Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announces daily updates to gas at a the services provided throughout the county. Check the County Executive station in News Release page for frequent updates. Nassau County, NY Photo Credit: NBC Nightly News
  • 22. NEW YORK SUFFOLK COUNTY: County Information WESTCHESTER COUNTY: County Information• WARMING CENTERS: Warming Centers will provide residents without • MULTI-PURPOSE HURRICANE RECOVERY CENTER is open from 8am-8pm electricity a chance to get warm, charge electronic devices, get some food. daily at 198 Central Ave., White Plains. Parking fees have been waived. The center will be staffed with representatives from FEMA, Con Edison, SBA, a• SHELTERS: New County Shelter at St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue variety of social services agencies and the Department of Health. Huntington Town Providing Shelter at YMCA. Click here to learn more or call the Red Cross at (877) 733–2767. • DISASTER SNAP BENEFITS are available to residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Applications are accepted 11/16-11/23. For location, see link.• FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are open 9am-8pm daily at several locations. See link. • FATALITIES: There were three storm-related fatalities in the county, two in North Salem and one on the Sprain Brook Parkway.• SUFFOLK COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATES SCDHS advises residents NOT to include household hazardous waste (pesticides, • POWER: As of 11/12, Con Ed reports that power in Westchester County oil, paint, solvents etc.) with regular trash items. Please bring items to one of the has been fully restored. See map for current information. following locations: o Venetian Shores Park, 801 Granada Parkway, Lindenhurst, NY • PUBLIC HEALTH: o Islip Multipurpose Recycling Facility, 1155 Lincoln Avenue, Holbrook, NY o The Westchester County Department of Health is advising people o Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1 Hammond Street, Patchogue, NY who use the Hudson River waters for recreational purposes, namely o Highway Barn, 1177 Osborn Road, Riverhead, NY swimmers, boaters, kayakers and windsurfers to avoid direct contact with the water until further notice.• WATER SUPPLY – no water supply issues have been detected, but water in the o Tetanus shots will be offered free of charge at the Multi-Purpose Fire Island area community except for Ocean Beach, West Gilgo and Robert Hurricane Recovery Center to anyone involved with cleanup. Moses State Park may not be safe for consumption. • SHELTERS are likely to close soon, but for the latest updates see link.• FOOD DISTRIBUTION CENTERS Only the following center will remain open as of 11/15/12: Mastic Beach Nutrition Center 369 Neighborhood Rd. Mastic Beach, NY 11951• TEMPORARY FUEL POLICY requires gas stations to sell fuel only to drivers with vehicles bearing license plates that correlate in odd/even terms with the day of the month in accordance with terms detailed here.• POWER OUTAGES are still reported for 1,971 residents in non-flooded areas and 300 in areas that flooded.
  • 23. NEW YORK - ENERGYConEdison LIPAConEd reports on 12 NOV that the last customers Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Asin Westchester County affected by Hurricane of 14 NOV LIPA reported that upSandy, whose equipment could be restored, were to 7,300 customers in Nassau andgetting their electricity back and the last customers Suffolk and 24,500 in the Rockawayin New York City hit by Sandys devastation - whose Peninsula are unable to safely receiveequipment could be restored - had their power power without customer repairs.turned on. 2,202 are still awaiting for power to be restored.The 1 million restorations do not includeapproximately 16,400 customers in flood-ravaged The company stated that it has abilityareas of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Those to provide power to all of Suffolk, acustomers cannot get electrical service until their large portion of the Rockaways, and allinternal equipment is repaired, tested and certified but a very few communities in Nassau.by an electrician as ready for service. LIPA is working with local jurisdictions to complete needed surveys toCon Edison crews were able to restore power to determine whether or not electricapproximately 13,600 customers in those shoreline power can be delivered to customercommunities. homes in those areas.There are 16,400 remaining customers that cannot O&Rget electrical service until their internal equipment Orange and Rockland (O&R), servingis repaired, tested and certified by an electrician as New Jersey, New York, andready for service. Pennsylvania reported Nov 11 that all customers affected by HurricaneConEd is working with the NYC Buildings Sandy and the Nor’easter have beenDepartment to expedite the restoration of these restored.customers. For information, clickhere: http://www.coned.com/es/Energy-Services-Flyer.pdf. DOE – Situation Report #9
  • 24. NEW YORK CITY IMPACT TRANSIT SITUATION• DEATH TOLL: 43 in New York City, 23 of which were in Staten Island. BUSES SUBWAY Bus service is on a near normal Most service restored. For• POWER OUTAGES: As of Nov. 14, power has been restored to all but schedule. Expect latest see here. The MTA is approximately 34,000 people in the hardest-hit areas, especially delays and crowding. Current status. restoring A line subway service Red Hook, Brooklyn, and the Rockaway Peninsula, in Queens. City to the Howard Beach Station Hall reports that some level of power had been restored to all TRAINS and adding a bus shuttle public housing projects. • PATH is operating limited rail service between the station and Mott seven days-a-week, between 5 a.m. Avenue in Far Rockaway, FOOD, WATER & SHELTER and 10 p.m, from Newark, New providing some level of transit Jersey to 33 Street in Manhattan. relief to thousands of • Prepared Food -- Several locations in Queens, Brooklyn and Stations. Rockaway Peninsula residents. Staten Island are offering free food at food trucks from 12 - 4 PM and at distribution centers from 11 AM – dark. For • AMTRAK –planned to reopen the so-called North Turbe rail tunnel BRIDGES AND TUNNELS locations, see here. under the Hudson for passenger Bridges Into Manhattan All train and New Jersey Transit bridges into Manhattan are • Drinking Water -- The City tap water is safe for drinking with now open. commuter service on Nov. 12. The the exception of Breezy Point. In Breezy Point, the water is NOT Brooklyn Battery Tunnel – has tunnel is expected to operate at 63% drinkable, even after boiling. The City is providing Breezy Point partly reopened for cars of normal capacity as further work residents with safe drinking water from portable water stations continues. traveling in peak directions and from bottled water distribution sites. Learn more. during rush hours. No trucks • Long Island Rail Road – Starting are allowed. The western tube • Shelters & Warming Sites -- With the drop in temperatures, the Nov. 12, LIRR will operate on remains closed for repairs. See City is providing warming centers located within Senior Centers weekday schedule with some here. in the five boroughs for a place to get out of the cold during the canceled/diverted Trains in AM & • Holland Tunnel - Open. No PM Peak. See details. trucks. day. Overnight shelters are open at emergency shelters. Please • Limited weekday train service • Lincoln Tunnel - Open. see times and locations here. • Queens Midtown Tunnel - restored on the Long Beach Branch. See details. Opens to all traffic Nov. 16. • Rockaways Bridges - The • NJ Transit Rail has resumed service Cross Bay Bridge and the along the Montclair-Boonton line on Marine Parkway Bridge are a limited schedule. For additional mostly open. updates, see here.
  • 25. NEW YORK CITY – PUBLIC HEALTH • EMERGENCY PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EPAP)• COUNSELING -- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health to assist people in the impacted areas without any form of Services Administration is increasing staffing of the National health insurance coverage to replace certain prescription Disaster Distress Helpline to help New York and New Jersey medications and limited durable medical equipment lost or residents connect with local crisis counselors during the damaged in the hurricane. To learn about EPAP, visit this link. holiday season. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and • CHILDCARE – Specialists from the Administration for Children SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746). and Families continue to support child care, foster care, and Head Start recovery efforts.• DISASTER MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TEAMS from the National Disaster Medical System with caches of medical supplies and a • WIC -- Some requirements in the Women, Infants, and team of U.S. Public Health Service commissioned corps officers Children (WIC) program have been temporarily relaxed to are currently deployed to New York to provide care in medical ensure that families in the program have access to infant shelters and augment hospital staff the states’ and city’s formula and nutritious food. In addition, the State has request. received an order of powdered and ready-to-use infant formula from FEMA to provide for the needs of 21,800 infants• CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION deployed for one month as regular supply chains recover from the equipment for seven Federal Medical Stations for use if storm. needed in New Jersey and New York. Medical personnel from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps are • MEDICARE/MEDICAID -- The Centers for Medicare and providing medical care for residents at these FMS locations. Medicaid Services continue to approve waivers under 1135 of the Social Security Act for healthcare providers.• AMBULANCES -- Approximately 240 ambulances, from across the country, remain deployed in the New York City area to • PETS -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services assist with emergency management services. has deployed a National Veterinary Response Team of nine veterinarians and veterinary technicians to provide primary and acute care for pets in the hard hit area New York City known as Far Rockaway and at a large pet shelter in the New York City area. FOR DAILY PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES SEE THIS LINK.
  • 26. NEW YORK CITY – HOSPITALSMost HHC hospitals, emergency rooms and nursing homes are open, including NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTERSoutpatient and primary care clinics. For more information, contact • NYU Langone Medical Centers main campus at 550 First Avenue remainsyour hospital or clinic. closed. This includes the Emergency Room, lab testing services, blood bank, and pharmacy. However as of 1 p.m. Nov. 15, many sites areSTRAIN ON THE SYSTEM: operational and patient appointments have resumed.New York City health providers are scrambling to meet patient needs amid the ‐ Physician Practices (FGPs) are open and most practices previouslycontinued closure of several large hospitals, prompting Doctors Without located in Skirball at 530 First Avenue have re-opened. See link forBorders to open temporary emergency clinics in the Rockaways - its first-ever more detailed information, including practices still at temporaryU.S. clinic. Since Sandy, every non-impacted hospital in NYC has been locations and contact information for all practices.stretched to the limit, taking on closed hospitals’ patients. Doctors and nurses ‐ Tisch Hospital, physician offices located in Schwartz Health Careare working long hours often in capacities outside their area of training i.e. Center (HCC), and 400 East 34tMariners Family Health Centerhpediatric nurses working adult floors or non-critical care nurses working in Street (Rusk) are temporarily closed, as is the Emergency Room.critical-care areas etc. Most hospitals in the city have had to open makeshift ‐ Outpatient lab testing services and the blood bank are temporarilyhospital units and operating rooms to accommodate the extra patients. MSF closed. See link for more information.has begun to wind down its operations, as local officials and health ‐ The Outpatient Pharmacy on the 1st floor of HCC is now open.organizations provide needed services in hard-hit areas, especially among the Hours are from Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.homeless and elderly or disabled residents of high rises. All other NYU Langone sites are operational and patient appointments have resumed.BELLEVUE HOSPITAL • Gouverneur Health is offering walk-in and extended hours of operation to• Bellevue Hospital has begun extensive clean-up and recovery and will open provide essential healthcare services to New Yorkers in need, particularly limited primary care outpatient services starting November to those most affected by Hurricane Sandy. All ambulatory and outpatient 19th. Bellevue Hospital patients are now being served at various HHC services are now running Mon-Fri, 8am -8pm; Sat 9am-5 pm. facilities that are offering walk-in and extended hours of operation. To get • New York Downtown Hospital is now fully operational following Hurricane connected to services, call 212-423-7272 . Inpatient services and the Sandy. Patients and their families can call 212-312-5000 for more emergency room remain closed. Staff should call the employee information or to connect with a specific extension. Due to a limited hotline, 212-562-2800 to find out where to report. Families of Bellevue number of incoming phone lines, you may experience a busy signal or a Hospital patients can call 311 or 212-423-7272 to learn status of patients delay in answering. who were transferred. Bellevue patients seeking outpatient care can call 212-423-7272 for further information or to get connected to care at HHCs Metropolitan Hospital. Using generator power, the emergency department is expected to reopen by the end of the month, though that OPEN PHARMACIES will require a special waiver. Critical care units, operating rooms and in- To view pharmacy patient units for Bellevue are not expected to reopen until the first week openings in real time and of February due to extensive damages. See story: NY1 on a block-by-block basis• Coney Island Hospital is offering walk-in and extended hours of operation throughout the affected to provide essential healthcare services to New Yorkers in need, particularly areas, see this map. in the most hard-hit communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Limited outpatient primary care services are now available 24-hours-a-day, 7- days-a-week. Some specialty care is also available from 8am-8pm.
  • 27. NEW YORK CITY – HOSPITALS CONEY ISLAND HOSPITAL VA NY HARBOR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM • Coney Island Hospital is offering walk-in and extended hours of operation • The Manhattan VA Medical Center is closed due to damage sustained to provide essential healthcare services to New Yorkers in need, particularly during Hurricane Sandy. in the most hard-hit communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Limited • VA New York Harbor Healthcare System has a new information line, 1- outpatient primary care services are now available 24-hours-a-day, 7- 855-269-8338, available from 8 am to 4 pm, with information for days-a-week. Some specialty care is also available from 8am-8pm. Veterans. A team of live attendants are available to answer calls and • Pharmacy services are available for prescription renewals, 9am-5pm. Call refer callers to appropriate services to meet their needs. 718-794-6712 for pharmacy information. Cancer patients can be served at ‐ The Brooklyn and St. Albans facilities and Community Based Kings County Hospital and can call 718-245-2848. A mobile medical van is Outpatient Clinics are all open and functioning normally. Staff must serving the community at 19th Street and Mermaid Avenue from 9am to report to the workstation assigned by their supervisor. We are 5pm, 7 days a week. Another medical van is providing limited services at experiencing intermittent phone problems. They are working to fix 43 Seba Avenue in Geritsen Beach, from 9am to 5pm, through Fri the problem. 11/16. Inpatient services and the emergency room remain closed. For • Veterans are currently being contacted by Centralized Scheduling to more information, call 718-616-6360. Full service for Coney Island determine alternate VA medical center and community based hospital including critical care units, operating rooms and in-patient units are not expected to be back up and running until the first week of outpatient clinic locations for their healthcare. January. See story: NYI • An Emergency Pharmacy Refill Program has been established to limit medication interruption for Veterans enrolled for VA care. The system can be accessed by going to any big chain pharmacy with your VeteranSTATEN ISLAND UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL ID card and medication bottle with label (showing a refill date within the• Staten Island University Hospital SIUH North and South have remained fully last 90 days). Ask the pharmacist to call Heritage Health Solutions operational throughout the Hurricane Sandy ordeal. Customer Care Center at toll free 1-866-265-0124, where a Customer o Affected Services Burn Center - Relocated from 500 Seaview Avenue to Care Representative will qualify the request by asking a few questions. the Medical Arts Pavilion, 242 Mason Avenue Suits 6. Clinic sessions are No controlled drugs will be processed under this program. If a Tues, 2:30pm to 4:00pm, and Thurs, 10:00am to 12pm. Patients can call controlled drug is needed, please contact the Brooklyn VAMC (718) 226-6988 or 1-800-607-3514 to make an appointment. Emergency Department. o Center for Womens Health - All high-risk pregnancy patients who need • Below is a list of telephone numbers for Veterans to use for ultrasound exams will now be seen in the hospitals Labor & Delivery information: Department. Call (718) 226-9210 for more information. ‐ VA Nurse Help Line: 1-866-940-2877 (24/7) to speak to a registered o Behavioral Sciences - Relocated temporarily to the South Site. The nurse if you experience any symptoms or have any health related Partial Hospital Program is temporarily relocated to 376 Seguine questions. Avenue. The Psychiatric Inpatient Unit at South Beach Psychiatric Center ‐ Centralized Scheduling: 1-877-877-9267 (Mon-Fri, 7:30am-8:00pm) if has been temporarily closed. The Outpatient Mental Health Program at you have questions about an appointment at the Manhattan VA or to the North Site has been temporarily relocated to 392 Seguine Avenue. schedule an appointment. • On Staten Island Mariners Family Health Center, 2040 Forest Ave. is ‐ Mental Health Help Desk: 1-718-630-3759 (Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm) for now open 8am-7pm, 7 days a week to provide essential healthcare questions or concerns about emotional well being or psychiatric illness. services to New Yorkers in need. A mobile medical van will be at New ‐ Pharmacy: 1-888-207-2004 (Mon-Fri, 8am-7:30pm) Dorp High School from 9am-5pm, 7 days a week. Call 718-616-6360 for ‐ Pharmacy Call Center: 1-631-863-4832 to speak with a live attendant more information. about refills, medication interactions or other concerns.

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